The Gemara in Gittin 60b says
דברים שבכתב אי אתה רשאי לאומרן על פה
Matters that were written you may not express them orally.
This is codified in Shulchan Aruch O.C. 49:1.
However, this rule only applies to reciting it orally (and even that is subject to much debate. See the commentators there. There's also a nice Wikipedia article as well as numerous ...
The reference to R. Abraham is presumably to what he writes in Milchamot Hashem (p. 43-44 in the MHK edition).
ושמעתי על הרב רבנו שמשון ז"ל שהיה בעכו שלא ראינו אותו מפני שלא עבר עלינו שמענו עליו אחר פטירתו ועל אחד מתלמידיו שחלק על דברי אבא מרי ז"ל במקצת דבריו שלא נסתיימו הדברים אצלנו כי לא חקרנו עליהם ואמרנו בלבנו אם הדבר אמת יאכלו פרי מעלליהם ...
The Ohr Hachaim offers two possibilities why not to fault Moshe for the debacle of the spies.
Moshe innocently thought that they were on an mission to find hidden treasures in Eretz Canaan and had no idea what the spies true intentions were.
Moshe knew very well what the spies intended to do but since Hashem allowed them to proceed, it wasn't his place to &...
The mission was itself a direct order from Hashem: וידבר ה' אל משה לאמר שלח לך אנשים ויתרו את ארץ כנען The Lord spoke to Moshe saying, Send out for yourself men and they will scout the Land of Canaan... (Bamidbar 13:1-2) In fact, the Kli Yakar says that לך means for Moshe's benefit:
לפי שאמרו ישראל (דברים א כב) נשלחה לפנינו אנשים ויחפרו לנו את הארץ. לנו ...
Rashi - says that according to your own judgement: I do not command you, but if you wish to do so send them.
שלח לך. לְדַעְתְּךָ, אֲנִי אֵינִי מְצַוֶּה לְךָ, אִם תִּרְצֶה שְׁלַח;
לְפִי שֶׁבָּאוּ יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָמְרוּ נִשְׁלְחָה אֲנָשִׁים לְפָנֵינוּ,
כְּמָה שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר "וַתִּקְרְבוּן אֵלַי כֻּלְּכֶם" וְגוֹ'
Ramban says that based on Rashi it would ...
In answer to your 2nd question, the following is taken from the Weekly Parsha
titled "From the Orchards of Jerusalem" by Daneal Weiner:
When would have been the most appropriate time for Moshe to pray for
entrance to Erets Yisrael? That would have been the last Rosh Hashanah
(R"H) he experienced. Moshe knows that B"Y is going in to E'Y ...
Many are convinced that science is unable to prove that a soul exists. Yet others insist that there is enough evidence for a soul. For example, a celebrated, world-class renowned British theoretical physicist, Sir Roger Penrose, and American anesthesiologist, Stuart Hameroff have a good peer-reviewed, scientific model for the soul. They seem to suggest that ...
You may be thinking of Megillah 14a:
ודבורה אשה נביאה אשת לפידות (שופטים ד:ד) מאי אשת לפידות שהיתה עושה פתילות למקדש
"And Devorah was a prophetess, the wife of Lapidot" (Judges 4:4). What is "the wife of Lapidot"? That she would make wicks for the Temple
As discussed previously, many have a nice custom to do some sort of celebration -- as you'll see there, usually it involves saying some Psalms or verses from Song of Songs, offering a blessing, maybe saying shehechiyanu (thanking God on a momentous occasion), and naming the girl if that hadn't already happened -- you'll find versions of it some 21st Century ...